Corporate Social Responsibility

At Lilly, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aligns business operations with social values: integrating the interest of all stakeholders into company policies and actions. CSR focuses on the social, environmental and financial success of a company with the overarching goal of positively impacting the society, while achieving business success. It reinforces our commitment to operating ethically and fairly and with respect for the needs of local communities and of society at large.

Lilly Global Health Programs

Our approach

Facing a myriad of challenges such as growing populations and already-strained healthcare budgets, governments worldwide are seeking sustainable new solutions that improve health outcomes and lower costs. The challenges are exponentially more complicated in low and middle-income countries where resources are scare, infrastructure is lacking, and healthcare systems sometimes struggle to provide even basic care.

Corporate Social Responsibility aligns business operations with social values

The pharmaceutical industry—and the private sector more broadly—has an important role to play in addressing global health challenges and expanding access to quality care. For Lilly, this means going beyond just our medicines and the services we provide through our core business.

Through our Lilly Global Health Programs, we partner with governments and other leading health organizations to drive meaningful and measurable progress on global and national healthcare objectives. No product donations are involved in these partnerships. Rather, with high-level consultation and on-the ground engagement, we are exploring new models of care and addressing critical gaps.

We do this work through our two signature global health programs—the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership, focused on multi-drug resistant TB, and the Lilly NCD Partnership, focused on non-communicable diseases, diabetes specifically.

Both partnerships are at the heart of Lilly’s corporate responsibility efforts to improve healthcare quality and outcomes for people living in low and middle-income countries.

Lilly Global Day of Service

Each year, a day in October is dedicated to a Lilly Global Day of Service that is set aside for all Lilly employees around the world. The aim of this day of service is to give back to the community where the Lilly employees live and work. Every year, Lilly Philippines come up with different projects depending on which community needs the most assistance.

Through our Lilly Global Day of Service, simple things that we do for just a day can make a difference in making life better for people around the world.

Lilly Providing Value to Filipino Patients and Society

For more than 130 years, Eli Lilly and Company has sought to earn public trust by upholding the highest standard in the way we make medicines, conduct business and act as corporate citizens. We support charitable needs in communities where we operate and in areas where we have talents and resources that will make a difference. Lilly has a long tradition of generous corporate philanthropy and dedicated employee volunteerism around the globe.

In the Philippines we are also committed to Corporate Citizenship. In 2002 we have officially adopted Ilugin Elementary School with the intent of making a modest contribution towards the improvement of the over 2,000 students’ education. The Adopt-A-School Act of 1998 (RA 8525) was created to encourage private entities to improve the quality of education in the country. Ilugin Elementary School supports the education of students from the depressed area with the students coming from scavenging families from the nearby dumpsite and a mass settlement area. Our Flagship Project was in setting up a Lilly Learning Center that serves as Library and Audio-Visual Center for the school.

In 2003 we have donated additional books in partnership with the Bato Balani Foundation. From 2005 to 2006, together with Children’s Hour and Defending Family Values Foundation, Inc., we completed a Feeding and Literacy Program to address the nutritional and literacy needs of the students, which were rated lowest among all schools in the district.

Lilly MDR-TB Partnership

From 2003 through 2016, Lilly would commit $170 million in cash, medicine, and training to the partnership—the largest philanthropic undertaking in the company’s history.

In the Philippines, Lilly partnered with the Department of Health and Tropical Disease Foundation to achieve the following:

  • MDR-TB Training for doctors and nurses (public and mixed private-public institutions)
  • Publication of MDR-TB Training Manuals composed of 12 books
  • Lilly has been donating medicines for MDR-TB to Global Fund (GF) projects to support the country. In 2007, Lilly supplied 5,884 injectable vials which benefited 750 patients.

On May 15, 2008, the Philippine affiliate participated in the Lilly Global Day of Service project in celebration of Lilly’s 132 year anniversary, whereby all Lilly employees participated in volunteer programs on the same day. Sixty nine employees from the affiliate volunteered to spend the day with over 350 students and teachers from Ilugin. A lecture on Solid Waste Management was given by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to educate the students on how to save the environment. A workshop on Personality Types… Your True Color & Effective Presentation Skills was also given to the teachers.

On the same day, thirty two sales force employees participated in the day’s celebration through the Transfer of Hope Walk by walking a minimum of two kilometers each, completing a total of 79.2 kilometers by the end of the day for the affiliate. The Lilly Foundation will donate US$1 for every kilometer walked, to the Lilly-MDR-TB Partnership.

The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership was created to help contain and ultimately conquer multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a disease so daunting that no single organization can fight it alone. The Partnership, a public-private initiative, mobilizes 18 partners on five continents in the battle to stop the spread of MDR-TB and save lives.

In 2003, Lilly decided to donate the intellectual property rights and manufacturing know-how for two Lilly antibiotics that had been identified as effective in the treatment of MDR-TB. This decision led Lilly to establish a philanthropic initiative named as Lilly MDR-TB Partnership to improve treatment options for those living with MDR-TB.

From 2012 to 2014, Lilly Philippines have been involved with numerous activities every Global Day of Service in communities where we serve. Institutions that house the elderly and orphans were recipients of our efforts including the “Luwalhati ng Maynila” and CRIBS Foundation (Create Responsive Infants By Sharing).

Two years after being recognized as CNN's Hero of the Year for his “Kariton Klasrum” (Classroom Pushcart), Efren Peñaflorida's and his Dynamic Teen Company continued to expand activities, with some provinces emulating the classroom pushcart concept. Lilly found a way to support this project thru the efforts of Elanco Animal Health employees during the Global Day of Service. Pushcarts were stocked with school materials such as books, pens, tables, and chairs, and then used to recreate school settings in unconventional locations such as the cemetery or trash dumpsites. The primary goal of the Kariton Klasrum is to help kids on the streets who have shied away from school because of poverty, lack of interest in studying, and negative elements in their surroundings.

Lilly also believe that the Filipino youth deserve the caring and support that will help them aspire to become good citizens. This led Lilly to reach out to the Boys Town Center in Marikina City and Pangarap Foundation that both serve as home for underprivileged youth. Pangarap Foundation Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit social welfare institution based in Pasay City. We worked with boys ranging in age from 8 to 17, who are in need of special protection as well as with their families. The foundation is licensed and accredited as a child caring agency by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Pangarap is also a donee institution certified by the Philippine Council for Non-Government Organizations. Its work has been recognized locally and internationally, it has received several awards.

Lilly employees had humbling experiences when we worked with Habitat for Humanity International to support a small barangay in Pasig City. Habitat for Humanity has been devoted to building "simple, decent, and affordable" housing for the poor. The organization was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Today, Habitat for Humanity is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.